PENANG: Consumers here faced a 22-hour water supply disruption to allow the state water authority to carry out major water works in key areas on the island and the mainland yesterday.
Some 220,000 people were left without piped water while another 168,000 experienced low water pressure as the Penang Water Supply Corp Sdn Bhd (PBAPP) carried out their job.
Most households were, however, prepared for the disruption and many families had already filled their pails and containers from as early as Saturday night.
Instead of sleeping late on a Sunday morning, many woke up at the crack of dawn to take their bath, store water and to carry out their household chores before their taps ran dry.
At 7am, about 400 PBAPP workers started their work at Jelutong and Weld Quay on
the island and the Sungai Dua
treatment plant, Bukit Indera Muda and Jalan Sungai Dua in Seberang Prai.
By noon, most of the water works, which included meter installation, servicing of the transformer and connection works, were reported to be ahead of schedule.
Water supply resumed in stages at various places from 7pm. As at press time, certain parts of the island have yet to receive supply, including Green Lane, Island Glades, Gelugor, Batu Uban, Bayan Lepas and Teluk Kumbar due to technical reasons. However, supply was expected to be restored to these areas by 5am.
Speaking to pressmen during a visit to the sites at Jelutong and Weld Quay, PBAPP general manager Datuk Liew Chook San said they hoped to reduce the non-revenue water rate from the present 20% to 18% by 2005 following the major works.
While some coffeeshops closed for the day, other outlets in places like inner George Town, Pulau Tikus and Air Itam, which experienced low water pressure, continued to enjoy brisk business.
Housewife Tan Bee Ling, from Taman Tun Sardon which was affected by the water cut, bought beehoon for lunch.
Tan, 43, said her husband and two children agreed to have packet lunch for the day, as they did not want to mess up the kitchen and wait until late night to clean the plates and utensils.
Teacher Aminah Zain, 36, also took a break from cooking land ate out at a food court with her family.
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